In the yearly cycle of the baseball season, we’re currently in the darkest days. Major League Baseball has been gone since the end of October. Pitchers and catchers don’t report for five weeks, and we won’t see a spring training game for seven weeks. We have nearly three full months before the regular season begins. The two biggest free agents have yet to sign anywhere. It’s dullsville. It’s the doldrums. It’s the opposite of fun.
But there’s good news: a baseball player named Willians Astudillo is here to remind us that baseball still exists and it’s beautiful.
Astudillo normally plays for the Minnesota Twins, but currently he’s playing for the Caribes de Anzoategui in the Venezuelan Winter League. Caribes de Anzoategui is in the playoffs, and Astudillo recently hit a game-winning home run. That alone is great, but how he did it is a true thing of beauty.
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He hit that game-winning home run on a swing that took him down to one knee. And then he stood up his bat, rested his arm on top and admired his home run as it sailed through the air. All while on one knee at home plate. That’s a mic drop of a home run celebration.
Astudillo is hitting a crazy .325/.370/.500 in 61 games in Venezuela. If he can bring that and his fabulous home run celebration to MLB this season, there’s already a lot to look forward to. We just need to find a way to speed up time so we can get to opening day as quickly as possible.
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